Ladefabrikken is a company packed with experience that has always been at the forefront of the electric vehicle charging industry in Norway. It is widely known that the citizens of Norway have been some of the most enthusiastic early adopters of electric cars. Ladefabrikken has been supplying these pioneers since as early as 2015. Their experienced team has worked to foster and spread new charging technologies, energizing the industry.

They pursue the vision of a green future and the future is electric.

Boasting cooperation with local electrician partners nationwide, Ladefabrikken offers comprehensive consultation and installation solutions for three main customer groups. Experienced in assisting apartment complexes, private homes, and public infrastructure, Ladefabrikken tailors each solution to the needs of its clients.

Ladefabrikken is proud to partner with LEKTRI.CO. The cutting-edge technology developed by the Romanian-based manufacturer is something the team is passionate about sharing with the Norwegian market. Ladefabrikken thrives on innovation. Charger technology is still very much an emerging industry and companies like LEKTRI.CO continues to raise the standard.

The 1P7K charging station LEKTRI.CO has developed, is coming to the Norwegian market. The base station is simple to install and well within the price range of private homeowners. The integrated charger cable makes charging a little bit easier. This is an easy sell to homeowners who want a safe, reliable, affordable charging system.

Boasting intelligent load balancing capability and customizable management software, the 1P7K charger station from Lektrico is the optimal charging station for Ladefabrikken to provide to their larger customers. Third-party software such as Monta can be used to optimize the management and monetization of commercial setups. Giving the customer total control over the system they have purchased is important for Ladefabrikken. With the tools LEKTRI.CO has facilitated, this has never been easier.

Completing a project with the help of Ladefabrikken is a smooth process. Their team is ready to assist in every phase, from concept, through installation and support. Being a small team, the experience becomes much more personal. After contacting Ladefabrikken a customer can expect a thorough consultation over the phone. The team uses this information to map out the needs of the customer. Electrician partners are then consulted and with them, a solution begins to take form. The customer will then receive an offer detailing the scope and price of the project.

This partnership is an exciting development for the electric vehicle charging industry in Norway. The team at Ladefabrikken is enthusiastic about moving towards a greener future together with LEKTRI.CO.

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To help everyone be on the same page with electric vehicle terms, we created a list that explains the most common ones. From AC to ZE, we present it all!

We’ll start with the ones related to electric current:

AC stands for alternating current, which is the type of electric current you'll find at any electrical outlet.

DC, or direct current, is the type of electricity that can be stored in batteries.

Electric cars store electricity in the form of direct current. They can either be charged at AC or DC chargers. To charge from an AC charger, the current must be converted to DC. This process is done by a device inside the car called on board charger, or OBC. We at LEKTRI.CO develop and produce AC chargers.

Please also check the last section of this post to find out more about two of the most important units when it comes to electric vehicles.

In the next section, we will look at some special terms for electric vehicles.

There are lots more acronyms you can use when talking about electric vehicles, the most common being the aforementioned. ULEV and ZEV are also used when talking about ultra-low emission vehicles or zero-emission vehicles, but they're not so common.

When talking about BEVs there are some terms worth mentioning about the current state of the battery:

When it comes to charging standards, AC and DC are the two main categories:

ACDC
Type 2 - EuropeCCS (type 2) - Europe
J1772 (type 1) - USACCS (type 1) - USA
J1772 (type 1) - JapanCHAdeMO - Japan
GB/T - ChinaGB/T - China

CCS - combined charging system is basically a type 2 (for Europe) or type 1 (for the USA) with two additional direct current pins at the bottom.

A confusion many people make, not necessarily because of lack of knowledge, is between the measuring units of power and energy.
Power, used when charging the battery or as an indication of how powerful a motor is, is measured in kilowatt, although the SI unit (International System of Units) is Watt.
Energy on the other hand is measured in kilowatt-hour or Watt-hour for the SI unit.

So when talking about charging power, whether it's AC or DC, you should use kilowatts (kW); and when talking about battery capacity, energy consumption, or efficiency, you should use kilowatt-hours (kWh).

EV charger protections and safety elements are among the most important things to look for when buying an electric vehicle charging station.

As the EV industry grows, there is a lot of attention (for good reasons) on the EV charging station itself.

However, there's another aspect to consider that many vendors may get wrong: safety. You, as an end-user, want to be safe while charging, and you also wish the charger not to present any danger to the public or your property.

Many manufacturers claim their chargers have all the necessary safety features, but not all respect every safety standard.

Furthermore, you may want to double-check if the chosen charging station indeed incorporates a 6 mA DC leakage detection device.

This will dictate what type of RCD you need to use to protect yourself and your family, as the price between the two classes in question varies drastically, often as much as the cost of the charging station.

ev charger protection

The RCD (residual current device) can often be overlooked, but its importance is crucial in preventing serious harm due to electrical shock.

You may be thinking that the usual circuit breaker (MCB) installed in the consumer unit (fuse board) may be more than enough.

Still, the circuit breaker's goal is to protect the electrical system and wiring from overcurrent and short-circuits, whereas the RCD protects people and pets from electrocution.

ev charger protection
Source: Doepke Tec Art 08 Selecting the correct Type of RCD 18th Edition

So, what type of RCD should be chosen for adequate protection?

According to the IEC 61851 standard, any charging station must be protected against 6mA smooth DC and 30mA AC fault current.

The AC type RCD is not suited for electrical devices since it induces a pulsating direct current (DC) that is not detectable by this form of RCD and is even outlawed in some countries.

The A type works for most electronic devices, but specific devices might create a smooth DC current in the network, which can blind the type A RCD.

In such a case, the type A RCD would not trigger even when a fault has occurred. Faulty charging stations can sometimes cause higher DC currents, making this type useless.

The B type RCD is the go-to solution for safety when installing EV chargers, but it is also the most expensive. A good quality B type RCCB can cost around 500-600 €. But no price is too high for your safety, isn't it?

To protect our customers and their loved ones and save them the high cost of type B RCDs, our 1P7K charger has an integrated 6mA DC detection device (RDC-DD) so that it can be installed on any circuit protected by a type A RCD, which is often already installed in your home.

Our product, the 1P7K has an integrated RCD protection module that detects both 6mA DC and 30 mA AC. Surely, an A type RCCB has to be installed on the power supply, but this is way cheaper than the B type, usually around 20-30 €.

The integrated protection module within our charger makes sure the external protection is not “blinded” by the smooth residual DC.

The 1P7K also has integrated overheating protection meaning that if the charger overheats, it lowers the charging current until the temperature stabilizes. If the temperature does not drop enough, the charging stops, protecting your home and the charger from any damage.

Please check carefully when choosing your desired EV charger so it has all the necessary protections integrated and that it respects the standards accordingly. Otherwise, you might have to spend extra money on installing external devices or end up with a potentially dangerous charging station.

Elbilsvaruhuset.se and LEKTRI.CO has joined forces to serve its customers better. We provide the charging stations, and they take care of installation and assistance for receiving the Green Technology Grant.

When the number of electric vehicles increased rapidly in Sweden during 2021 - a 64% increase over the year, Elbilsvaruhuset.se saw a business opportunity and started its project to become the leading provider of reliable charging stations for electric cars.

To meet the demands of this growing market, new solutions are needed to provide users with a flexible and straightforward solution for charging electric vehicles at home. Nearly 90% of electric vehicle charging occurs when the car is parked at home or at work, so EV owners must be able to equip their homes with a safe and convenient charging solution.

LEKTRI.CO is a Romanian start-up based in Timisoara, which provides charging solutions for EV drivers and has started developing a complete ecosystem for EV drivers. This year we enter the Swedish market, with Elbilsvaruhuset being our crucial partner in providing AC chargers for public and private use.

The purchasing process is simplified for the consumer, with Elbilsvaruhuset.se assisting with all issues relating to charger supply and installation. They also assist in obtaining the environmental grant, known as the Green Technology Grant, which the Swedish Tax Agency issues to install green technology. The grant consists of a 50% price reduction if the same company provides the charger and the installation services.

As mentioned before, the charging station and installation have to come as a complete package, one product that includes the hardware and the installation services to benefit from the grant. Elbilsvaruhuset.se has an advantage over its competitors, and it partnered with Done for developing a unique digital solution to facilitate the buying process of charging systems for the home.

The way this partnership works is that Done offers free consultation through video calls with their selected electricians before the installation process starts. They then make a quote, so the customer gets price proposals as quickly as possible, and the customer then schedules the start of the project directly within Done’s mobile app.

We're thrilled to be working with Elbilsvaruhuset, our Swedish partner, to help develop the home charging infrastructure for EVs in the Nordics. We aim to provide the best charging solutions for our customers with this partnership.

LEKTRI.CO's vision of simple design and well build quality products resonates with our core values at elbilsvaruhuset.se. With this collaboration, we aim to give the Nordic people a good EV charger for a great value with a minimalistic design that people appreciate. Together we strive toward the same goals which are to facilitate the transition to electric driving for all private individuals and provide a simple service with the market's most affordable electric car charger

Filip Sernhede, CEO & CO-founder elbilsvaruhuset.se

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